Extreme Sandbox hosts Heavy Metal Drive-Thru, a fun and safe construction exhibit that allows anyone to come watch heavy equipment at work during Minnesota’s “Stay at Home” order.
HASTINGS, Minn. (April 22, 2020) – Calling all heavy equipment fans! Everyone from the young to the young at heart now have a chance to come to Extreme Sandbox and experience the equipment “working” up close. Heavy Metal Drive-Thru is an interactive construction exhibit that allows people of all ages to come watch large excavators, bulldozers, and wheel-loaders put on a fun show for the public while still following the CDC’s health guidelines.
Heavy Metal Drive-Thru was created as a way to give back to the community during these challenging times, while providing a new opportunity for a local small business. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every small business in America. Randy Stenger, Extreme Sandbox CEO, has been particularly affected as his business had to eliminate the majority of their normal business operations, right as their busy season approached.
“As with any challenge, an entrepreneur looks for new ways to get creative and adapt,” says Stenger. “We recognize that people are cooped up and looking for safe things to do outside of the house. I believe Heavy Metal Drive-Thru will be able to bring some joy and entertainment during these difficult times.” Stenger also recognizes this is an opportunity to promote the construction trades to the younger generation. “The skills gap in schools continues to grow, so we are also glad to have supportive partners such as Komatsu that are able to provide us with equipment to showcase the trades,” says Stenger.
Since March, Extreme Sandbox has hosted five shows at their Minnesota site with hopes of expanding to additional locations. Heavy Metal Drive-Thru has also received help from community and industry partners. Scott Zuzek, owner of Hastings-based Precision Landscape and Construction, has been providing skilled equipment operators for the event. “We love being able to give back to the community,” said Zuzek. “It has been so fun to watch a new generation of kids get interested in the construction trades after seeing what these big pieces of machinery can do.”
Due to popularity, Heavy Metal Drive-Thru will have shows scheduled every Saturday through the end of May at their Minnesota location. The event is free, but there are paid options for premium parking. There are also opportunities for private shows for groups of all sizes. “This has been such a well-received event for our community,” said Stenger. “Heavy Metal Drive-Thru could be something we continue to offer throughout the year.”
For details, visit https://extremesandbox.com/heavy-metal-drive-thru.
About Extreme Sandbox
Extreme Sandbox’s Hastings location is a top-rated adventure attraction that provides guests with a truly unique opportunity to fulfill their childhood dreams of operating construction equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders and mini excavators. The adventure takes place in a 10-acre “sandbox,” with supervision from highly trained expert instructors who help guests learn and master the machines, ensure safety and provide a fun and memorable experience that can include “golfing” with an excavator, crushing a car, completing challenge tasks, and more. Extreme Sandbox has locations in both Minnesota and Texas. For more information, visit www.extremesandbox.com.
Media Contact: Randy Stenger | 952-381-7474 | [email protected]